Progress on the construction of Northfield Hall, the new community building to replace Brackenhall Community Centre is featured in today’s edition of the Huddersfield Examiner.
View the article on the Examiner website: http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/local-west-yorkshire-news/2012/02/06/brackenhall-community-centre-on-track-for-spring-opening-86081-30272209/ or see below.
Brackenhall Community Centre on track for spring opening
Source: Huddersfield Examiner, Monday 6th February 2012 (Story by Linda Whitwam, News Reporter)
CONSTRUCTION at Brackenhall Community Centre is on track for a spring completion date.
Brackenhall Community Trust has just announced that its new building, which has now been officially named Northfield Hall, is progressing well.
The majority of the external work is now complete and work to the interior areas now well under way. The expected completion date is mid to late April.
The project, which began more than 10 years ago, has had many ups and downs, including times when it was feared it would not go ahead. Finally, in early 2011, things began to fall into place and contractors QSP Construction started work last July.
Northfield Hall is located in the heart of the Brackenhall and Ferndale estates in Sheepridge and will have a wide range of facilities to cater for the whole community, as well as doubling up as a good quality venue for special occasions and business use.
The Trust secured funding from Deighton and Brackenhall Initiative Limited (DBI). The existing centre has been a solid hub for the community, but has been running at near capacity for many years and the facilities have begun to show their age.
Trust chairman Joan Mallinson said: “I am really excited that construction of Northfield Hall is nearing completion.
“After many years of hard work by many people it feels like the end is in sight. Now the building has a name and identity it feels that bit more real.
“As a Trust we are committed to ensuring that Northfield Hall will offer the best facilities and service possible for the local community now and for the future. I’m looking forward to seeing you all there in the coming months.”
Clr Jean Calvert, chairman of the DBI Ltd board, said: “A new community facility for the Brackenhall and Ferndale estates has been one of DBI’s priorities since the very beginning.
“The time and commitment we have put into the project, along with the Trust and not to mention the major funding DBI has invested, shows our intent to make sure the community receives the best possible facility.
“We are aware of the need to ensure Northfield Hall is sustainable so it can serve the local community for years to come. That is why we are working closely with a wide range of partners to achieve this goal.
“The project is further proof of DBI’s commitment to developing better facilities and services within the area with the aim of improving the quality of life for all its residents.”
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